This item is a very desirable AVERY POSTAL WEIGHT NEEDLE PACK HOLDER. W. Avery & Son was a needle manufacturer during the Victorian Era from Headless Cross, a small village on the southwest side of Redditch, England. Redditch is located 15 miles south of Birmingham, the English city recognized as the centre of the Industrial Revolution. In the 19th century the Redditch area produced the majority of the world's needles. W. Avery & Son is best known for their figural brass needle cases which were created by the company between 1868 and 1889. This holder is in excellent condition . It measures 2"H and is 1 1/2' by 1 1/2" at the base. The front panel, as seen in the photo, has the then current British mail rates inscribed.